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Enjoy the Delicious Sweet & Tangy taste of Tamarind

Tamarind or scientifically called ‘Tamarandus Indica’ belongs to the Fabaceae family. Tamarind trees are native to the tropical regions of Africa but its cultivation has spread to Asia, India and Mexico. India presently is the largest producer of Tamarind in the world where it is popularly called ‘Imli’. This deliciously tangy fruit it widely used in Indian, Asian and Mexican cuisines.

Tamarinds grow in abundance on tamarind trees looking like curved brown pods filled with sticky pulp with small brown seeds. Tamarind is available in stores in the shape of slabs or a jam like concentrate besides the usual pods.  

Culinary Uses:

Tamarind pulp is condiment and a common ingredient in Indian and Asian dishes. Its tangy and sweet sour taste with a distinctive flavor is loved by Indians. Tamarind juice or tamarind paste is commonly used in South Indian and Gujarati lentils, curries and chutneys due to its authentic flavor. It is often used to make a refreshing drink that is very cooling in summers. Pectin contained in Tamarind is widely used in commercial food items like jams, jellies, drinks and squashes.

Health Benefits:

Tamarind is a rich source of iron, thiamin, calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and phosphorus. It has a long history of health benefits like aiding in digestion, easing stomach discomfort, boosting immunity and as a laxative. At times tamarind juice is used for rheumatism, sore throat, sunstroke and inflammation. Tamarind has been used for years as a traditional medicine to treat obesity and diabetes.

How to Store:

It is best to purchase fresh tamarind as it has a greater shelf life. Tamarind paste or tamarind slabs can be refrigerated to retain their freshness for several months.

Buy fresh tamarind pods online from Valley Spice. We procure fresh tamarind pods directly from the farmers so that they reach you in excellent condition.

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